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Official Statements

Letters of Protest and Statement

His Excellency Mr. Barack Obama
The United States of America

Letter of Protest

Mayors for Peace has worked long and hard to help people around the world fully understand the pain and sorrow of the hibakusha experience. We believed that this information would help them develop the strong will required to abolish nuclear weapons. Despite our efforts, you announced this month that the U.S. conducted a new type of nuclear test last November and again this past March at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico.

Though these tests did not involve nuclear explosions, they can be understood as evidence that the U.S. intends to maintain its nuclear stockpile. Coupled with the fact that you revealed the testing only several months later, these tests have betrayed the hopes of the hibakusha and the millions of others who seek a nuclear-weapon-free world, while arousing suspicion regarding your intentions. Such actions are completely unacceptable, and on behalf of the 4,704 cities in 150 countries and regions that are members of Mayors for Peace, we vehemently protest.

We urge you to thoroughly comprehend the experience of the survivors who witnessed the bombing, understand their sincere wish for peace, and strive for the earliest possible realization of a world free from nuclear weapons.

May 23, 2011

The Conference of Mayors for Peace

Kazumi Matsui   President   Mayor of Hiroshima, Japan  
Tomihisa Taue   Vice President   Mayor of Nagasaki, Japan  
Donald L. Plusquellic   Vice President   Mayor of Akron, USA  
Ivan Knez   Vice President   Mayor of Biograd na Moru, Croatia  
Freddy Thielemans   Vice President   Mayor of Brussels, Belgium  
Matteo Renzi   Vice President   Mayor of Florence, Italy  
Josep Mayoral i Antigas   Vice President   Mayor of Granollers, Spain  
Khder Kareem   Vice President   Mayor of Halabja, Iraq  
Stephan Weil   Vice President   Lord Mayor of Hannover, Germany  
Catherine Margate   Vice President   Mayor of Malakoff, France  
Harry Lyons   Vice President   Lord Mayor of Manchester, UK  
Aldrin L. San Pedro   Vice President   Mayor of Muntinlupa, Philippines  
Sergey Sokolov   Vice President   Acting Mayor of Volgograd, Russia  
Luc Dehaene   Vice President   Mayor of Ypres, Belgium  
Daniel Tsakem   Executive   Mayor of Fongo Tongo, Cameroon  
Gerald Tremblay   Executive   Mayor of Montreal, Canada